The wonder and mystery of the central gospel message — salvation in Christ — is conveyed throughout the pages of the Bible using six p’s: poetry, prophecy, prose, preaching, praise, and parable.
While perusing Scripture, we may find ourselves … Read the rest
Outside my window, a lawn service is cleaning up the autumn leaves — for the fifth time. The total number of leaves is enormous, and the faces on the lawn crew show their astonishment. Though they’ve come five times, they … Read the rest
Last in the BA’s 2017 sola series commemorating the five-hundredth year of the Reformation is the sola to which all the other solas point. The Reformers were convinced that Christ and Scripture alone, and faith and grace alone, are only … Read the rest
The November-December 2017 issue of the Bible Advocate is now available.
A mother was making pancakes for her sons, Kevin (five) and Ryan (three). The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake, so she said, “Now boys, Jesus would let His brother have the first pancake.”
Kevin … Read the rest
The summer I turned eleven, my father gave me an ultimatum that set me on my life’s course.
He sat beside me on the picnic table bench in his backyard, elbows resting just above his knees and a hand-drawn chart … Read the rest
“Hi! How are you?”
“I’m well, thanks! How are you?”
And with that, social etiquette deems both individuals free to part ways.
This exchange is made countless times at each church gathering. No second thought is given to … Read the rest
“I’m going to be a Power Ranger when I grow up!” declared our four-year-old granddaughter. “You can be anything you want to be,” assured her dad.
She then reversed his earlier question. “Daddy, what do you want to be when … Read the rest
How do we encourage a mentally ill person to follow Jesus? Such persons may experience strange (to us) thoughts, express their feelings unpredictably, and/or severely test their personal relationships, including those with us. If we’re in a Bible study with … Read the rest
In modern society it’s normal to observe a spirit of individualism, egocentricity, and discord. Unfortunately, the same spirit can damage the church, causing it to fall into superficiality, detachment, indifference, isolation, and suspicion.
Nevertheless, despite these threatening and negative aspects, … Read the rest